How do you take a picture of something above the surface of the water and below at the same time? Well if you had the “underabove” camera, it would be a snap. The concept design features two lenses; one on the top half filled with air and one on the bottom half filled with water. It sports a flash and even a “time wheel” so you can take an underwater self portrait. The camera then stitches the images together and displays them on the LCD screen.
The design won a Red Dot Design Concept 2010 award.
UNDERABOVE (via engadget)
If you’re looking for creative portrait ideas, here’s a fun one to try: focus on your subject through the glass of a second lens. It’ll help throw everything else out of the focus (including the subject in the background) for a pretty cool look. You can also flip the photo upside down afterward for a right-side-up portrait.
Image credit: Life Through a Lens 2 by lytfyre
Sarah Ann created this beautiful full deck of 52 playing cards using Instax Mini instant film prints. Each card is a unique, and is a photograph of the card it represents.
“Oops”, created by Chris Beckman, is a 10 minute art video composed entirely of appropriated YouTube videos in which the camera is accidentally dropped. What’s amazing is how seamlessly the clips are stitched together, making it difficult to discern where one clip ends and the next begins. The result is mesmerizing.
The film won first prize in the “Experimental” category at this year’s Vimeo Festival + Awards.
When the leaves on trees are just starting to change color in the Autumn, try collecting them and arranging them into shapes with a spectrum of colors! The above example was created with Maples leaves by Flickr user Mr. dale.
(via Laughing Squid)
Image credit: Autumn Spectrum 10/10/10 by Mr. dale
Photographer Chris McCaw was making long exposures of the night sky during a camping trip when he forgot to cap his camera lens before going to sleep. When he woke up, he discovered that the sun had burned a hole through his negative. After processing the film, he found that it had solarized, or reversed in tone. What started as an accident McCaw now does intentionally for his “Sunburn” series of photographs.
Using homemade large format cameras, McCaw exposes silver gelatin paper for extended periods of time, burning through the paper and inverting the image.
Next time you shoot a fireworks display, try combining the individual photos you capture into a collage of fireworks explosions afterward. Jesse Garcia created the above image with 50 different photographs.
Tip: Try creating shapes with the fireworks (e.g. hearts, words, etc…)
Image credit: Explosions in the Sky by papa jesse
Here’s a creative idea that we love – cut out giant letters, gather up some friends, and spell out words with shadows! Justin Swindle, a student at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, created the above image by cutting the sides off the biggest cardboard moving box he could get his hands on. He then traded the letters freehand and cut them out using a razor.
Image credit: Love by CWYNDLE and used with permission
Holga D is a concept camera by India-based industrial designer Saikat Biswas that brings the plastic, medium-format Holga camera into the digital age.
The cheap toy camera design retains the optical jankiness that lures hipsters to this type of camera (i.e. vignetting, blurring, and light leaks), but a DSLR-caliber sensor inside ensures that the anomalies are optical rather than digital.
What if you could have a rubber stamp that had a built in camera, allowing it to instantly change the stamp design to “print” a photograph? Would it be a stamp camera or a camera stamp? Either way, we think it’s a nifty idea!